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>> first slots, now a table games. tell us what you think. some >> rain and possibly some snow are heading our way. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thank you for joining us this morning. >> we will squeak out another nice day. >> winter will make a guest appearance tomorrow. it will be a system like saturday's. 34 at the airport. the skies are clear. we will make it up to 51 today. very nice for this time of year. we will detail the forecast in just a few minutes. >> good morning.
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a nice start on most of the major roadways. one problem in westminster, 140 at malcolm drive. take 795 instead. looking good on the west side. no problems all the way down towards edmondson. a nice start on 70. j.f.x. southbound, 49 miles towards northern parkway. 55 on 97 through the glen burnie area. looking good on at 100. this is greenspring. northwest corner looks good. delay-free towards the j.f.x. this is franklin boulevard. southbound traffic is a bit heavier down towards the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> jury selection continues
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today in the trial of george huguely. >> the sensational nature of the trial has made it difficult to find jurors. >> lowell melser has more. >> jury selection took longer than expected. court hours were extended until 8:00 p.m. the hope is to have a 27 potential jurors in place. both sides will get to strike six each. the hope is that this will be done sometime by lunchtime. if it is slow going, everything is subject to change. opening arguments could instead begin on wednesday morning. we will have updates for you at
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5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. >> you can see pictures from the courthouse and find links for scholarships in your beloved's-- yeardley love's memory on our website, wbaltv.com. three people were caught red handed. police arrived on the store on west patrick street on sunday morning to find three men loading up tires into a rented box truck. one of the suspects was a disgruntled former employee. two of the suspects have been released on bail. some legislators are paving the way to expand gambling to include a table games. the bill would allow a slots
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parlor in prince george's county. voters would have to approve a table games and the new casino location in november. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. would you support expanding gambling at slots parlors to include table games, like blackjack and roulette? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> a woman will spend the rest of for life in prison for murdering her boss. shontay hickman pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of a dentist, dr. albert ro. >> she realize that beyond the carnal penalties that she has to pay that there may be a spiritual one that lay before as well. she felt bad about her involvement in this. >> police discovered she has stolen more than $17,000 from
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the office. police found a fingerprint on the scene, a cousin. back to the jury room as deliberations continue in the trial of an inmate murdering a corrections officer. lee stephens is accused of stabbing david mcguinn. julius henson will be back in court today but he doesn't think he will be there for a long. he is accused of suppressing the african american vote 3 robocall. he and his lawyers say he has committed no crime and they want the case thrown out. >> we basically -- the state made a mistake bring this case and we will prove that. >> paul schurick has already
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been convicted on similar charges. >> one person is dead after a shooting in east baltimore. this happened on east preston and ensor streets. an investigation into the shooting of a man on north stricker street. a man was found lying in the streets suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. >> a new crime reporting system in baltimore city. it should save the city some money. kim dacey is here to explain how it will work. >> the bill was introduced to city counsel last night. the program is already in the works. the city is preparing to start an online crime-reporting website. the idea is to make it easier to get a police report, especially if you need to file an insurance claim for property damage, or report minor crimes. councilman brandon scott
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believes it will cut down on frustration for citizens while allowing police officers to operate more efficiently. a spokesman for city police says the site will be similar to pages already up and running in neighboring counties. supporter say the site will have a screening process to try to weed out fraud. in some cases, an officer will still respond in person. >> i think this is a way for us to continue to make our government more efficient, transparent, and use technology. >> city police plan to roll out this new website in the spring. you will be able to access it through their existing department website. you will still have the option to dial 911 for any crime. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. 6:07. 38 degrees on tv hill. walmart takes aim at obesity. >> it looks like sky high gas
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prices are right around the corner. >> an entire elementary school staff is fired in california. we will explain why. >> the maryland zoo is celebrating valentine's day. >> we are checking on your morning commute. we will check on an accident in at the westminster
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>> good morning. it is 43 degrees downtown. we're warming up into the afternoon. i am live at the mansion at the maryland zoo. we're getting ready for valentine's day. nothing says valentine's day like a skunk. enrichment. special in richmo >> you have to keep them occupied at the zoo. >> we try to give them as much stimulation as possible. paul bears spend a lot of time walking in the wilds, and
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elephants as well -- polar bears. we try to keep them stimulated. >> lots of activities involved on saturday. what kind of activities do you do for skunks? >> we were having some issues with him. we leave them out overnight and let them run around in the reptile room. he catches any straight crickets -- stray crickets. that keeps him busy. >> the event is happening at this saturday at the zoo. it is a half price of admission to the weekends in february and you can see the animals enjoying valentine's day. the mid-atlantic is dry for now.
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we're watching a storm heading our way. i'm keeping my distance. he smells himself but he cannot spray me. >> he gets to hunt cricket. stan likes to dip his in chocolate. thank you, ava. we appreciate that. kind of neat to see what they do for the animals. 30 in taneytown. still chilly. take a light jacket. we have a cloud deck moving south from pennsylvania. we're watching this storm out of the midwest. we could see a mix of snow and
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rain tomorrow. upper 40's below 50's. nice for this time of year. partly cloudy tonight. it will be a setup very much like what happened over the weekend. we will be on the northern fringe of the precipitation. self of baltimore, most likely rain -- south of baltimore. snow north of baltimore. the temperature will be above 32. the roads will be just fine. about an inch of accumulation is all i expect, mostly north of baltimore. the rush hour tomorrow morning should be ok. dry whether thursday and friday
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with temperatures in the 40's. a possible mix of rain and snow on saturday -- dry weather thursday and friday. >> good morning. tracking one accident in the westminster area along 140 and not come at drive. we are checking speed sensors around the area. a sluggish spot on the west side outer loop just past 795. 48 on southbound 295 as you make your approach to 100. not tracking any other incidents of note. this is 95 through harford county. southbound traffic is coming down from mountain road. this is baltimore national pike. the west side is picking up in volume down towards liberty. that is the latest on traffic
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pulse 11. >> disturbing new details in a double murder suicide of a father and his young sons in washington. jos powell and his boys all died from carbon monoxide poisoning powell.a powe arizona at shooting suspect jarrett laughter will spend four more months in a federal prison facility. he suffers from schizophrenia. they are trying to make him fit to stand trial. he is pleaded not guilty to the shootings that killed six and injured several others including congresswoman gabrielle giffords. the entire staff of an elementary school is being replaced.
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there are sex abuse allegations against two teachers. they are being put on leave. all new employees will be in place when the students returned to class later this week. >> appear ready to pick up when you fill up -- get ready to pay up when you fill up. prices usually rise in the spring with higher demand and seasonal changes in gasoline formulation. more than 40 states have agreed to a nationwide settlement over the foreclosure of abuses. the five biggest mortgage banks have reduced loans and it would send checks to abouhundreds of
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thousands of people who have lost their homes to foreclosures. it is hope that some of the states with the biggest foreclosure numbers will sign-on in the coming days. build-a-bear workshop is opening a new location in baltimore. walmart is fighting the obesity problem. jane king has the bloomberg business report. >> good morning. walmart wants to put more healthy food on your dining table. they will detail their healthier food initiative in som. you can find those products easier in the store. americans are getting less dependent on other countries for energy. the u.s. is producing some much natural gas the government may iapprove exports.
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financial jobs have been on the decline. as many as 5000 workers and that includes hiring in the baltimore office. a lower close on wall street with concern over greece's ongoing debt crisis. the bloomberg maryland index was lower. build-a-bear is opening a store inside sinai. the store will open on february 27. i'm jane king for wbal-tv 11 news. >> 6:20. 38 degrees on tv hill. an accident in westminster is slowing things down this morning. >> a few days before orioles pitchers and catchers report to spring training.
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which starter has been let go? >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. would you support expanding gambling at slots parlors to include table games, like blackjack and roulette? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers.
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>> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. good news on the westminster accident. 140 is now clear and malcolm drive. we see a slowdown on the west side. average speed around 39 miles per hour. 51 on the j.f.x. moving south into town. let's check traffic in the area of 295 at 175. we're building in volume in the southbound direction making your way down towards 32. this is baltimore national pike. you can see those delays. it opens up once you get towards edmondson. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. tony has a check on your forecast. >> we are off to a quiet start and it will be a nice day today.
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34 at the airport. it will be mild this afternoon. high temperatures will climb into the upper 40's and low 50's. mostly sunny skies. we will detail the possibility of some snow on wednesday. here is keith mills. >> good morning. we begin with the orioles. spring training begins a week from saturday. it will not include jeremy guthrie. he was traded to the colorado rockies yesterday for pictures jason hammel and matt lindstrom. he was a workhorse. 200 innings the last three years. jason hammel will get a chance to start for the orioles. the orioles' starting rotation
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is up for grabs as the birds gear ready to hit south. jeremy guthrie was a good guy. the new york giants will be honored with a ticker-tape parade. second time tom brady has been forced to explain a super bowl loss. his wife has no problems explaining it. this is hurt after the game -- this is hurt after the gamer af. she said, i cannot believe they dropped the ball so many times. she didn't know that conversation was being taped. don't you feel so bad for tom brady this morning? all together now -- wah, wah, wah.
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one of the best teams in the country is missouri and one player is from baltimore. less like, missouri on the road against oklahoma. he's a tremendous defensive player. english on the three-pointer from the baseline puts misery up ssouri up five. the ball is batted out to stephen who misses the three. . 2.ssouri is 22- he is a good kid and a good player. we wish him the best. >> 38 degrees on tv hill. what about the risk of staying
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in your seat? >> people in baltimore will soon have a new way to report crimes. i will report. >> what is at stake for mitt romney and rick santorum. >> we have clear up the accident in westminster. >> what in the world do you get >> what in the world do you get a linon denny's new sizzlin' skillets are here for a limited time. so strike while the iron's hot. starting at $4.99. only at denny's. america's diner is always open.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thank you for joining us this morning. another mile day on the way? -- another mild day. >> it is in the 30 pause right now. -- it is in the 30's right now. a mostly sunny day with a high near 51. we will come back and talk about the possibility of some snow on wednesday. >> another tuesday, another
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chance for republicans to cast ballots in the gop race for the white house. >> there could be a new name at the top of the state's with the caucuses. kate amara has more on the story. >> good morning. today's republican face-off is a fight over social conservatives. another grab for gop delegates with caucuses in colorado and minnesota today. >> sounds to me like the cause of liberty is alive and well in minnesota. yay! [cheers] >> it is a chance for mitt romney to solidify his front- runner status. >> this president was elected to lead. he decided to follow. now it's his time to get out of the way. [cheers] >> it is also an opportunity for rick santorum to rise in the standings. >> i'm actually encouraged we're going too better here than some of the polls have suggested. >> santorum largely skipped florida and nevada to campaign aggressively for today's contests, laying the groundwork
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among conservatives, blanketing these states with heavy criticism of mitt romney. >> governor romney is simply dead wrong on the most important issue of the day and should not be the nominee of our party. >> in a bid to stop romney's momentum, newt gingrich even praised santorum's strategy. >> i think santorum's going to have a pretty good day tomorrow, and he will have earned it. he targeted differently than i did. he took the same amount of time and energy and he came to minnesota and missouri and colorado. for him, that was the right decision. >> newt gingrich is only a caucus candidate today. he failed to get on the ballot for missouri's nonbinding primary. kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. >> explain the non-binding situation in missouri. >> no delegates are awarded
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based on the outcome of the voting today. the state awards the delegates based on a series of caucuses and conventions which are scheduled to begin next month. today is a beauty contest for bragging rights. >> they can change their mind on election day, right? kate amara, thank you. >> people in baltimore city will soon have an easier way to report crime. it will spare victims the long wait for a patrol officer. kim dacey joins us with how this all works. good morning. >> the bill was introduced last night. the program is already in the works. the idea is to make it easier to get police reports for property damage. it is aggravating to discover you have been the victim of a crime like a tire slashing. even more so if you have to
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wait hours for a patrolman to respond and write a report. >> because of the nature of the volume of 911 calls that our police officers have to respond to, we find citizens sometimes waiting hours to just get a simple report so they can give that to the insurance company to get work rendered on their property. >> baltimore city is preparing to roll out an online crime- reporting website to streamline the process. councilman brandon scott believes it will cut down on frustration for citizens while allowing police officers to operate more efficiently. a spokesman for city police says the site will be similar to pages already up and running in neighboring counties. baltimore county currently allows residents to report non- violent crimes like theft, abandoned vehicles, destruction of property, and even some hit- and-runs. >> but a case like a larceny from auto where your car is broken into, we can get the report and we can begin investigating it. there's no need to tie up a patrol unit to come out. >> supporters say the site will have a screening process to try to weed out fraud. in some cases, an officer will still respond in person.
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>> i think this is a way for us to continue to make our government more efficient, transparent, and use technology. >> city police expect to roll out this website in the spring. you'll be able to access it at the department's existing website, and you'll still have the option to call 911 for any crime. kim dacey, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you. he was acquitted in federal court, but elisas carry -- but ulysses currie could face charges from his colleagues. there was a hearing on monday. >> you're in there a long time. what did they want to know? e any wiggle room?ther
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do you get any sense about when a decision would be rendered? >> we're told it will be soon. >> the panel will meet again later today. he faces expulsion. no word on when a decision will come. >> researchers say sitting at a desk all day could do more than just increase the size of your waistline. it could be risk cancer for cancer -- it could be a risk for cancer. desk you're sitting at a all day long, that is probably worse as a cancer risk as opposed to getting up and having bursts of activity. >> physical activity has been
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linked to 49,000 cases of breast cancer a year. it is not just about spending more time at the gym but spending less time sitting. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> good morning. sarah caldwell checking on your morning commute. we're starting to see some slowdowns around the area. that includes the west side from liberty down to baltimore national pike. not bad on southbound 83 down to the beltway. 50 on southbound 295 heading down to 100. 65 miles on 95 in howard county. this is the northeast corner of harford road. brake lights as those delays start to fall into place towards dulaney valley. this is traffic at baltimore national pike.
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those delays stretch back to liberty. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava marie is joining us now from the zoo. we are talking about valentine's day all week. >> the zoo is going to celebrate valentine's day with the animals. you provide different activities for the animals to keep them stimulated. i'm here with amy. what do you give a lion for valentine's day? >> they do not want chocolates. >> it is like a big pinata with meat. >> then the dolphins will get a produce bag -- then the elephants. >> they will get all the
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produce and they have to rip open to get the food out. >> the event is happening this saturday. there is half-price admission to the zoo on weekends in february. this is happening this saturday. check the website in case of inclement weather. there is at least a chance that we may see a wintry weather this saturday. for now it is just a chance. it is warned today but we are cooling down.-- it is warm today. a pink pig for the lions. too cute. >> all right. thank you, va. -- ava.
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38 degrees on tv hill. a cholera family combines their love of playing in the snow with the love of the denver broncos.
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>> there is plenty of fun in the snow to be had in other places.
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in japan, a snow festival is now underway. about two million people come to see the sculptures. the event will continue through sunday. that is amazing. >> the denver broncos did not make it to the super bowl. get this. this giant sculpture of tim tebow was built. it took 10 tons of snow to make this sculpture. the neighborhood had plenty to spare. did the minnesota vikings snow sculpture when they lived near the twin cities. >> that is impressive. 6:42. still ahead, your answers to our
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water cooler question of the day. >> we are starting to see some delays fall into place. >> we have some snow in our forecasts. here's a look outside. it will be a beautiful sunrise. 34 degrees at the airport. stay tuned. stay tuned. the weather is
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>> welcome back to 11 news today. the long process of jury selection will continue this morning in virginia in the murder trial of george huguely. he's accused of murdering his former girlfriend, yeardley love, in may of 2010.
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only two jurors have been put on the panel so far. the hollywood casino generated nearly $9.8 million in january. about $3.1 million in ocean downs. about $8.2 million or broaden to the state last year. -- brought in. including a table games like blackjack. the bill would allow a slots park in prince george's county. voters will have to approve the table games and the new casino application in november. >> that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked -- would you support expanding gambling at slots parlors to
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include table games, like blackjack and roulette? >> we will post more of your answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> now traffic pulse 11 and insta-weather plus together. >> we have reports of an accident on the harrisburg expressway approaching york road. we have speed centers and looking at delays on the west side. filling up on the north side, a
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54 over towards the parkville region. moving well down towards the fort mchenry. 60 on southbound 97 in the area of 100 and to the glen burnie area. this is 83 at york road. the accident could be prior to this. watch for delays prior to york road as you travel southbound on 83. this is 83 south of pimlico road. you can see volume is starting to pick up. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. ava marie joins us live from the zoo and is talking about love and animals and valentine's day. >> good morning. the animals like to celebrate valentine's day as well. they will be getting a valentine's at the zoo on saturday and it begins at 10:30.
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admission is half-price to the weekends in february. you will be doing all kinds of activities. the lions will get meat-filled pinatas. >> they hunt for cricket's overnight. that is one thing skunks do. some animals, there's a lot going on for them. they have things hiding in their exhibit. bears get treats. many of the african animals are out during the day. >> the elephants will come out and walk around.
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same for the chimps. they do have an indoor viewing area. we like to get them outside as much as possible. >> dry conditions over the mid- atlantic. a storm is heading our way. this skunk is de-scented. he still smells. it is illegal to have them as a pet. >> i was going to get my wife a pet skunk. >> they spread rabies. >> his name is pepe. >> the ultimate valentine's romeo. >> thank you, ava. weather-wise, nothing to talk about right now.
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34 at the airport. 36 in frederick. not bad for this time of year. we have mostly clear skies. we will see sunshine for most of the day. a piece of this storm will move in and give us a chance for a mix of rain or snow. mostly sunny is our forecast into the afternoon. high temperature will be in the low 50's. partly cloudy skies tonight. let's break down tomorrow. the morning commute will be just fine on wednesday. we could see some snow in the evening. it will start as a mix of snow and rain. i think the roads will be fine. on average, about an inch of the
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accumulation. in annapolis, you guys might knock it in the accumulation. --you might not get any accumulation. up to two 6 inches of snow -- up to two inches. it should taper off tomorrow evening and we will have dry weather on thursday. the morning commute will be fine. dry thursday and friday. another chance for some snow or rain on saturday with temperatures in the 30's. >> a new online crime reporting system coming to baltimore city. kim dacey is live to explain how works. >> the bill was introduced to city counsel last night. the program is already in the works. the city is preparing to start
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an online crime-reporting website. the idea is to make it easier to get a police report, especially if you need to file an insurance claim for property damage, or report minor crimes. councilman brandon scott believes it will cut down on frustration for citizens while allowing police officers to operate more efficiently. it will have a screening process to weed out fraud. police expect to roll out the website in the spring. you can access it to the existing page and you still have the option to the911 to report any crime -- the option to call 911. >> 38 degrees on tv hill. >> coming up, we'll take a last look at weather and traffic before you head out to start your day.
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>> big trouble. accident on the harrisburg expressway. >> it is off to the side but causing some delays in the southbound direction. hour.o 20 miles bper 22 miles per hour on the west side outer loop approaching 795. not so bad on 95 down towards the 895 split and the fort mchenry. this is 83 at york road. you can see a lot of volume. this is traffic in the area of the j.f.x. approaching northern parkway.
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it is building south of the beltway. >> today will be nice. almost like yesterday with temperatures in the low 50's. sunny this morning. we will see a mix of rain and snow tomorrow. i think the morning commute will be ok. will detail how much during our 7:00 hour in just a few minutes on the digital channel. >> if you're looking for more weather and traffic together, be sure to join us this morning for 11 news at 7:00 a.m. on wbal plus. >> there you'll find more local news as well as up-to-date traffic and weather information. you can find it on comcast channel 208, verizon fios 460, and 11-2. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> we will be back with a live update at 7:25. >> have a good one. >> follow breaking news and weather any time at wbaltv.com, and stay connected with us on facebook and twitter.
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